the most special effect in movies


On Close Encounters of the Third Kind:

"...the picture...earned $77 million, and it seems to me, still, a wonder. Yes, the famous light shows are spectacular--though they're dull too (light is a greater wonder than its shows). What drives the picture forward is Spielberg's affection for common human faces (Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Cary Guffey) being made nearly angelic by the light and the kind of knowledge it portends. Here is proof that the most special effect in movies is always the human face when its mind is being changed." (391)

"It harks back to that excitement or anticipation whereby audiences believed films belonged to them--not as a cocksure business, but to a mass of people struggling with their own desires." (402)

- David Thomson, The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood

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